In this time of monumental change, we feel even more committed to the work we do—connecting audiences with some of the most bold, challenging, and visionary art being made today. We’re proud to champion many artists and performers who are at the vanguard of struggles to advance social justice and spread awareness about a myriad of pressing issues facing humanity, such as the pollution of the earth’s most precious resources and rising economic disparities.
The season begins in April with the 2022 edition of This Time Tomorrow, the CAC’s annual performance festival, for which the CAC commissions and presents cutting-edge work from our backyard and around the world. Taking place from April 6 through April 10 at the CAC and other Cincinnati venues, this year’s festival includes new commissions and world, North American, and regional premieres by a wide-ranging roster of contemporary talents.
In May, we debut Breaking Water, a group exhibition bringing together new and recent work exploring the subject of water and themes of liquidity, connectivity, and resistance. In the lobby, the Center of Unfinished Business—a roving reading room organized by the publication and editorial collaborative Contemporary And—will offer a curated selection of books that examine African American and African diasporic experiences.
The year is bookended by interventions that spotlight our vibrant local art scene. The Regional, on view until March 20, is followed by Artist-Run Spaces, an exhibition highlighting the work of ten independent initiatives and collectives throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky, co-organized with Wave Pool, and a solo project by Columbus-based artist and filmmaker Cameron Granger.
In the fall, the CAC presents a slate of exhibitions as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, a month-long celebration of photography, video, and lens-based art held throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. These include On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith, a group exhibition of artists whose work centers on the contested relationship humans have with place; Images on which to build, 1970-90, which presents a range of vernacular photographic practices that offer a fuller understanding of LGBTQ+ and feminist grassroots movements in the 1970s through 1990s; Baseera Khan: Weight of History, the first Midwestern solo museum exhibition by this New York–based artist; and Cameron Granger: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven, a new iteriration of the Ohio-based artist and filmmaker's The Line (2021).
By supporting the CAC, and our exhibitions and performances, you help us advance the vital work of visionary artists and performers who help us see our communities, and the world, anew.